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ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complementary Therapist

Aromatherapy Courses for Beginners

Who can enrol on this course?
The course is open to complete beginners, or learners who already hold a UK recognised qualification, at Level 3 or above, in a form of massage or related bodywork. 

Aromatherapy Courses for Massage Therapists Progression: 

For applicants who already hold a massage qualification – it must fall under the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which means it is approved and regulated by the UK government under their OFQUAL arm. Please contact us if you are unsure that your current qualification meets this requirement, but examples of awarding bodies that would meet these criteria are ITEC/VTCT, BTEC, City & Guilds, CIBTAC, MTI.

For those who are completely new to the industry – You will study this course as a two-step programme.

Step 1 – you will firstly complete our ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage. This diploma course incorporates Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology and you will be examined on both elements – practical and theory. Your studies will also include a new Level 2 Covid Infection Prevention unit. 

Step 2 – you will then move on to the final Aromatherapy unit, which is also examined externally and completes the programme.

On completion of all components as listed above, successful candidates will receive four certificates: – 

  • A Level 3 Diploma in Massage (including Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology), awarded by ITEC
  • A Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy, awarded by ITEC
  • A Level 2 Certificate in Covid Infection Prevention, awarded by ITEC
  • A School of Natural Therapies Diploma in Aromatherapy Diploma certificate.

How long does it take to become an aromatherapist?
This course usually takes around 6 months to complete, spanning 10 days blended learning.

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to set up in practice as an Aromatherapist, working within a standard code of professional ethics enabling them to obtain professional insurance to practise.

You will gain specialist knowledge and practical skills by learning and understanding: 

  • The properties of 42 essential oils
  • The history, philosophy and role of Aromatherapy and it’s physiological and psychological effects
  • Methods of extraction, chemical constituents, storage and blending of essential oils
  • How to use these oils appropriately and safely
  • How to blend oils synergistically, with other products, such as carrier oils, to make your own massage blends, creams, and lotions as appropriate.
  • How to consult, plan and deliver an appropriate full body aromatherapy massage, which incorporates blended oils to suit a client’s specific needs and to support their health.

Please see course structure tab for a breakdown of the complete programme.

Course Structure

Aromatherapy Courses for Beginners

For beginners with no previous experience or qualifications:

  • This course programme will be delivered as a combination of classroom-based education and blended learning (meaning classroom and online sessions) for the Aromatherapy unit specifically.
  • The full 2-step programme will be delivered over 24 days – plus two separate exam days for Massage/A&P and Aromatherapy. 

How to study Aromatherapy

Step 1 – You will study the following units:

Unit iUCT24 – Provide Body Massage for Complementary Therapies

Students will learn how to deliver a full body massage, in a safe and hygienic and professional manner, evaluate contraindications or cautions that may restrict or prevent treatment. A visiting examiner from ITEC will assess your skills and techniques during a 45-minute practical exam – the exam days are prescheduled (see course dates).

Unit iUCT38 – Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies

You will study the 12 systems of the human body, to underpin the assessment, safety and recognition of any restrictions or contraindications, which may restrict treatments, such as Body Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.

  • Cell Structure, Tissue and Skin Cellular Composition
  • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Cardiovascular – Heart and Blood Circulation
  • Lymphatic System – Lymph glands and production of Tissue Fluid
  • Neurological System – Brain and Nervous System
  • Endocrine System – Hormonal producing organs and role of hormones in the human body
  • Respiratory System – Lungs and air pathways
  • Digestive System
  • Genito-Urinary System – Kidneys and water metabolism
  • Reproductive System

Examination process – Multiple choice theory test of 50 questions in 55 minutes, taken on the same exam day as your practical Massage exam. 

Unit iUCT21 – Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning which allows the student to research four other complementary therapies in the form of four reports – these will be submitted and marked internally by the school).

Unit iUCT34 – Business Practice for Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning – students will write their own business plan in relation to a holistic business – internally marked and assessed by the school).

IP2A4 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage (RQF Level 2)

Examination process – Multiple choice theory test of 23 questions in 30 minutes, taken on the same exam day as your practical Massage.  See below for details

Step 2 – You will then progress to study the following unit: – 

iUCT40: Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies

How to confidently perform a full Aromatherapy treatment, incorporating classical Massage and Aromatherapy techniques.

In addition to this, you will gain confidence by understanding: – 

  • Taxonomy (categorisation of essential oils)
  • Nomenclature (names assigned to essential oils)
  • Chemical constituents of essential oils and their therapeutic actions
  • Origins and uses of 42 of essential oils
  • Synergy and blending
  • Methods of application
  • Safety data for over 60 essential oils. 

With this knowledge, you will confidently blend essential oils appropriately, and perform a beautiful Aromatherapy treatment. Where necessary, you will be able to adapt techniques correctly and safely to meet the individual needs of your clients.

You will also learn other methods of essential oil application, such as inhalations and compresses, which may be more appropriate for some clients. 

A visiting examiner from ITEC will assess your skills and techniques during a 60-minute practical exam – the exam days are prescheduled (see course dates)

Please note that case studies are also required for this unit, which will take place away from the classroom, in your own time.

Background info – IP2A4 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage (RQF Level 2):

From January 1st, 2021, all students who enrol on our ITEC/VTCT courses, are required to study an additional compulsory unit, in order to achieve their full diploma qualification(s).

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to work safely.

Learners will develop knowledge on the importance of social responsibility, the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They will also gain an understanding of the safe working practices required to protect themselves and their clients.

This unit has 6 learning outcomes:

  • LO1 Understand the causes, transmission, and effects of COVID-19 
  • LO2 Understand social responsibility for the complementary therapy and sports massage sectors in relation to COVID-19 
  • LO3 Understand the controls necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • LO4 Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene and Personal Hygiene in the prevention of COVID-19 
  • LO5 Understand potential hazards and risks and the workplace procedures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the complementary therapy/sports massage environment 
  • LO6 Understand decontamination and waste management processes relevant to complementary therapies and sports massage

On scheduled exam days, students will be required to undertake a short multiple choice question paper, consisting of 23 questions in 30 minutes

There is an additional cost of £20.00 to undertake this compulsory unit.

Please note that qualifications cannot be issued unless this unit is successfully completed.

For those with an existing qualification in massage (Level 3 or above)

Aromatherapy Courses for Massage Therapists:

  • You will study Step 2 only – the Aromatherapy unit only + the Covid Infection Prevention if you haven’t already passed that. 
  • Please note that you may need to retake your A&P exam, if your current qualification (at the time of exam) is more than two years old. 
  • Please refer to the website for course study days and exam dates or call us to confirm if you are unsure. 

Course Fees

Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complementary Therapist only 

(For those who already hold a valid massage qualification)

A deposit of £160.00 will secure your place for this unit. You can pay this via the website.

The balance payable will be – £810.00 – we will send you payment details and dates when this balance is due.

Please note, you will receive a discount of £70.00 if you have already been a student on the Introduction to Aromatherapy workshop day. In this instance, please call us to book this course, please call us: 0203 544 6544

Balance of course fees may be paid in full, or the balance may be spread over three monthly instalments of £283.50– this includes a 5% admin fee.

 (Full cost if spreading the payments will be £850.50)

Extra to the course fee above:

ITEC examination fee – £108.00 

IP2A4 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies unit exam fee – £20.00.


Full 2 step programme – Level 3 Diploma in Massage & Aromatherapy 

(For absolute beginners)

A deposit of £295.00 will secure your place for the Diploma in Massage course and a further deposit of £160.00 will be required to reserve your place on the Aromatherapy unit. 

You can pay both deposits via the website, or by calling us on 0203 544 6544  

Balance of course fees

Course fees may be paid in full, or the balance may be spread over three monthly instalments 

Step 1 = the balance payment for the Diploma in Massage course – may be paid in one payment at £1202.00.

Alternatively, the balance can be paid over three, monthly instalments of £425.00 each (This includes a 5% admin fee). 

Step 2 = the balance payment for the Aromatherapy course can be paid in full at £810.00, or the cost can be spread (with a 5% admin fee) and will start on month four – see table below for a full breakdown of all costs.

Diploma in Massage (Exam fee included) (Full cost if spreading the cost will be £1275.00
Month 1 £425.00
Month 2 £425.00
Month 3 £425.00
Diploma in Aromatherapy (Full cost if spreading the payments will be £850.50)
Month 4 £283.50
Month 5 £283.50
Month 6 £283.50
Additional Fees

Diploma in Aromatherapy exam fee – £108.00

IP2A4 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies unit exam fee – £20.00.

The course fees include the following:

  • Guided learning with tutor support and home study.
  • A full set of comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology notes.
  • Pathology “fill in the gaps” exercises
  • Individual A&P system test papers and access to mock exam A&P papers with answers.
  • Exclusive School of Natural Therapies course manual and notes.
  • Some on-line sessions, which reduce travel time and cost.
  • Note pad and pen.
  • Advice, guidance and discount with choosing and purchasing a quality massage couch and Aromatherapy Oils, which can be ordered in advance at discounted student rates.
  • A wide selection of discounted relevant massage, anatomy, and other relevant books to assist your studies with us.
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment throughout.

Exam Details

This practical unit will be externally assessed by a visiting ITEC examiner on the scheduled exam day and will last for one hour approximately.

Additional work will also be required for this course, as follows:

  • Evidence of treatment case studies for 6 clients each treated 6 times plus 15 additional treatments and 9 methods of application – these must be completed away from the classroom as home study.
  • A written assignment must be completed as homework. This will be internally marked by our tutors and verified by an ITEC examiner.
  • Learners will also be required to undertake case studies for 6 clients each treated 6 times plus 15 additional treatments and 9 methods of application – these must be completed away from the classroom as home study.
  • Final total marks are calculated and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Please note that there is now a requirement to undertake an additional compulsory COVID-19-unit exam which consists of 23 multiple choice questions – this exam will be timetabled in alongside the above unit 451 on exam day – please see Course Structure


I have some previous massage experience and/or a valid massage/bodywork qualification – will this count towards the Aromatherapy qualification?
Yes, the course is aimed at two groups of learners: –

  • Those who already hold a UK recognised qualification in massage/bodywork and want to extend their knowledge into Aromatherapy.
  • Those who have no previous experience and want to move into the field of Aromatherapy as a beginner.

Those who have prior training and experience and are looking to advance their massage skills to provide Aromatherapy treatments can study the Aromatherapy unit only.

For those without massage experience, you will need to enrol for the full 2 step programme:

  • Diploma in Massage (ITEC Level 3)
  • Diploma in Aromatherapy (ITEC Level 3) which you will study on completion of the Diploma in Massage above.

Will I have to study Anatomy & Physiology again, if I have already studied it and obtained a qualification?
No, not necessarily. If you already have an existing UK recognised qualification in massage, or a holistic therapy, we may be able to exempt you from further study. There are however, three criteria which must be met:

  • The A&P qualification must be part of a massage qualification; UK recognised and listed on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF or QCF). Examples of such are ITEC, VTCT, City & Guilds. Please check with us if unsure, by email or phone call
  • It should be Level 3 or above.
  • The qualification must have been achieved within the past three years. For older qualifications, prior knowledge will be taken into account, but you will need to re-sit an A&P exam.
  • The school’s own A&P exam notes will be made available to students enrolling on this course.
  • Individual A&P system test papers and access to mock exam A&P papers with answers will also be supplied for revision to help achieve the above.

Do I need to do any pre-reading or preparation before the course starts?
You can take advantage of our full set of comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology notes and A&P system test papers and access to mock exam A&P papers with answers if required. We will also recommend some prior reading material, which will help you make a head start with your forthcoming studies.

What will I need to bring to the course?
2 bath towels for personal use. You will provided with a course manual, comprehensive course notes throughout the course. Coloured pencils and general writing materials will be needed for the anatomy class, although we do provide an A4 notebook. Due to current COVID-19 regulations, you may be required to supply further small items personally – full details will be outlined on booking.

Essential oils to work with
There is also valuable opportunity to purchase a full ITEC set of essential oils at a discounted rate. Purchasing the oils at the time of booking with secure the price at £225.00. Purchasing the set later will cost £255.00

Case study work at home
In order to blend your oils at home we would recommend a small bowl, funnel, measuring jug and range of bottles. You may also like to consider a carry case for your oils. We will discuss these on the first day of the course. 

Will I need to buy my own couch?
You will undoubtedly need your own couch for practise at home and for case study treatments, if you don’t already possess one. We will be able to advise you before you purchase one and we have an exclusive deal with a well-respected massage couch supplier, who is able to offer discounts and very good deals for students. We will provide couches during class time of course.

How much study time at home will be needed?
You will need to allocate time for assignment work. You will also need to set time aside for case study work/home treatments as the course progresses.

Will there be lots of essay writing?
The ITEC Level 3 anatomy exam is multiple choice only. The other units involve some research and writing, but the tutor will guide you as to the style of presentation. Generally, bullet point presentation is passable if the information is thorough, clear and accurate.

What if English is not my first language, or if I haven’t studied for a long time?
We would expect anyone applying to possess a reasonable command of English language, both written and oral. However, there are many ways of presenting work, and we can advise what is best for the individual in terms of how they present their work, if they find they are struggling with their written skills.

I have dyslexia
We can assist those who struggle with English, don’t have English as their first language, or have dyslexia – see question above.

Is there an age limit?
We prefer students to be at least 21 years of age in order to undertake this course. Younger students may apply by contacting us and acceptance on this programme is subject to telephone interview first.

Do I have to provide my own ‘clients’ to practise on for coursework?
Yes, you will need to find people to do case studies on in your own time – friends, family and work colleagues are usually very willing to receive a free massage session!!

Can I leave my belongings at the venue between sessions?
Students cannot leave belongings at the venue as there is very limited storage available.

Are the massage classes single sex?
The massage classes include both male and female students. You will need to advise us in advance if you have an objection to that and we will advise you if this course is suitable.

Do I need to be able to both give and receive massage?
Yes, it is a learning environment whereby we practise on each other. You also need to develop a feel of what different therapists’ treatments feel like in order to learn how to improve your own techniques. You need to be fit and well enough to both give and receive treatment. Contact us if you have any concerns regarding this.

Course Tutor

Melanie Dean

Melanie Dean

Course Dates and Info

September: Thursday 15th online / Friday 16th in class

October: Thursday 13th online / Friday 14th in class

November: Thursday 24th online / Friday 25th in class

December: Thursday 22nd online

January: Thursday 19th in class

February: Friday 24th online

April: Friday 14th in class

April: Friday 21st EXAMS



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